This enlightening excursion involves visiting inhabitants of remote areas different from the common tourist routes. They are meant to provide the individual involved the insight of the local community’s cultures and traditions.
You might get a chance of learning about the natives foods and alcoholic beverages and their preparations, houses and local construction methods of school, you might even find yourself involved trying to assist to build one class or cattle stable, teaching, hunting using local hunters tools, the local music and equipment’s and traditional dances and compositions, rituals and initiations ceremonies like circumcision and weddings. Handcrafts and craft-making besides attending the cattle and goats are amongst the daily village activities.
You may also have an opportunity to visit traditional herbalists who will be happy to share their knowledge or demonstrate by treating your blood pressure, diabetes, piles, tummy or a headache from a root, aphrodisiac herbs, and seeds, leaves or barks of mysterious-looking plants that might amuse you.
The spectacular groups of Bantu people are tall and slender working as cattle and goat headers, traditionally living off blood meal, meat, and milk. Men wear distinctive red garments and have elaborately decorated beads or tattooed faces, bodies and clean Rasta braids.
The Moran (young warriors) carry spears, a club, and dagger wherever they go while the women shave clean baldheads and often wear lots of coiled colorful beads as well as copper and silver rings around their necks, arms, and legs, they are also the home builders and ornament makers besides children raising.
AKE organizes cultural excursions to the Maasai’s villages of Ngorongoro, Ngaramtoni, Monduli, Longido mountains (2660m) and Sanya-juu, Oldoinyo Muruwa, Marangu’s Kinukamori waterfalls, and Kifunika mountain as well as Pare and Usambara Mts. These excursions provide a basic understanding of the lifestyle of this genuine nomadic Bantu tribe.
The Hedzabe, Hi, Sandawe and Datoga or Togwa people:
This hunter-gathers live on the southwestern shores of the shallow alkaline Lake Eyasi in the rift valley wall escarpment. They speak unique click-click tongue sounds that make a very interesting rhythm to listen to when been spoken, even though you won’t understand. The four clans live together even though each looks down on the other.
They wear no clothes and live not in house`s and don’t tilt land, they live on hunting small mammals like Dik-dik’s, Kiplinger’s and Duiker`s, Rabbits, Mongoose, Hyraxes, Wild borers and bush Rats and eat and drink honey wine for booze and dig out roots, herbs and wild fruits for food supplements, while all despite of age smoke the holy weed.
They are the last indigenous tribe of people who choose to live the Stone Age lifestyle, they will amaze you by making a fire in seconds with ought any lighters! (Adam`s way). Even the women go topless and just a small leather hide or colorful bead strings suffices to cover their most private. Unlike the Maasai’s, the women don’t have to do unnecessary house-building labor. What for! The most valuable properties are their ornaments of copper, brass and colorful bead wear they decorate with besides tattooing their faces and bodies.
The Chagga people are found around the southern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and constitute the third-largest group in the land. Living infertile, watered region, they were greatly advantaged for its idealistic Coffee production, which also meant a higher level of income and involvement in various community-based activities under there Mangi (chief).
It’s due to the attraction of the mountains, which caused its early effects by the first Europeans/missionaries, which meant that the initial provision of Western education in the area progressed ahead of the rest of the country.
NYUMBA YA MUNGU DAM:
A man-made electricity production dam situated about 96km from Moshi Town; it’s a freshwater lake containing tilapia, Sardines, catfish, turtles and other small soft water mammals that are spotted occasionally. Local fishermen occupy the lake, sailing on traditional dhows with their fishing nets during the day and night, certain area is swimmable, and you might wanna taste your anchor by trying fishing.
MAMBORI WATER FALLS;
A 20 Kilometer drive close up to the Mweka descent route gate, there is a stunning secret down pouring, power shower gathered by numerous tiny streams of spring water, which gushes out of the crags of Kilimanjaro, which is it result of melting glaciers from the KIBO dome !
A full-day guided hike through the coffee and Banana plantations, covered with Avocado trees will lead you down to more than 250 meters valley below, to a cool power shower you’ve probably never had in a river pool before. Have your picnic lunch party by the falls, later afternoon you start trekking up your path which can be a little challenging but great acclimatization opportunity for climbers.
MARANGU WATERFALLS: Kinukamori
In the village of Marangu there are several small but interesting waterfalls pouring from the glaciers of Kilimanjaro. They are also safe for swimming and make great picturesque sport dives, short hikes around the forested hills and valleys can be rewarding for mountaineers. Picnic sites are plenty for your choice.
Literally meaning “concealment” in the Chagga ventricular, it’s a parasitic cone which comprises parts of prominent Rambo area volcanic Zone. The cone has a shallow crater on the very top that looks like a basin from afar its location south of the Marangu trail between Mandara and Horombo huts.
The mountain is sacred to some clans living around Marangu and Rambo and some frequent there annually to perform some spiritual offerings similar to the Maasai’s of Ol`doinyo Lengai
TRADITIONAL HIDEOUT CAVES: Machame, Lukani, Uru & Mamba:
There are strange and frightening giving shivers upon glancing and hearing tales about the sheltering hiding caves used by the Chagga ancestors during the late 16th to 18th century’s local ethnic and tribal wars which was a repercussion of the slave trade and later during colonial period as hideouts trenches.
The wars occurred mainly due to territory grabbing and superiority amongst the local chieftains. Major wars were fought against the Massai invaders who robed cattle most often for a different clan`s men chief who paid them off by sharing the loot! The Maasai’s had the notion that all the cattle in the world, was created for them and therefore should belong to the alone!
Resting at about 90Km from the city of Moshi and close to Taveta, Lake Challa is one of the 250 parasitic cones and craters in the Kilimanjaro complex, that exhibits some of the finest volcanic scenarios in the world. The volcanic caldera lake is the largest in the region and presents a dramatic landscape with its lush green vegetation and crystal clear green/blue azure provides a stark contrast to the terrain.
This isolated ecosystem also inhabits some fauna and can be easily seen from between the first and the second campsite at the Marangu trail. The Crater Lake Challa is a great place to visit for a swim, canoeing or simply camping if you have a free day in Moshi.